Charlotte Gill's memoir of treeplanting, Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree Planting Tribe (Greystone 2011) was shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize [See below] and then won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize in 2012 [See below] and the 2012 Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award from the Canadian Booksellers Association, judged by independent booksellers and presented at the 2012 Libris Awards in Toronto. It also received the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

According to the National Post, "Gill was a tree planter for 17 years, first in Ontario, then in British Columbia; she estimates she has planted one million trees. Today, she teaches in the University of B.C.'s online creative writing program from her new home in Powell River, but she says she misses tree planting every day."

Ladykiller (Thomas Allen, 2005), her first collection of short stories, received the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Danuta Gleed Award in 2006. It was also a finalist for the Governor General's Award.

Born in London, England, and raised in the United States and Canada, Charlotte Gill of Vancouver is a UBC creative writing graduate whose work has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Stories, and many Canadian magazines, and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. Her non-fiction has been nominated for Western and National Magazine Awards.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe

BOOKS:

Ladykiller (Thomas Allen, 2005)

Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree Planting Tribe (Greystone Books in association with the David Suzuki Foundation, 2011). (Cloth ISBN 978-1-55365 977-8, Ebook ISBN 978-1-55365-793-4, $29.95) Paperback, (Greystone Books in association with the David Suzuki Foundation, 2012) $19.95 978-1-55365-792-7

[BCBW 2012]